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Moo Chili Llamas take wind out of the Blue Tornados
The Moo Chili Llamas (Boys U-11) won the District II
Championship with a victory over the Blue Tornados last Sunday by a score 2 to 1 in
the American Cup. The Blue Tornados of Bellevue got on the board early
with a breakaway shot that skipped under the Llama's diving goalie,
Although the Llama's were down for a few minutes, they put
mid-field pressure on the Blue Tornados with aggressive defensive and hustle.
Team Captain Taylor Wise led the offensive and defensive pressure in the
middle with strong support by Mackenzie Donnel and Jace Derwin. These
three players drew the assignment to stop the dangerous scoring attack of
the Tornados. Tight man-marking kept the ball out of the middle and
frustrated the Tornados' offense. With a few minutes left in the half, the Llama's
right wing, Jeff Chapman, blasted a long shot that tied the game going into
Although the Moo Chili Llamas outplayed the Tornados in the
second half, credit the outstanding defense of the Tornados for stopping
multiple shots on goal by the Llamas. With about 15 minutes to go in the
game, Jace Derwin crossed the ball into the center of the goal box, and the
Tornados' defender deflected the ball into their own goal for the Chili score.
With high-fives and cheers from parents and friends, the Moo Chili Llamas held
the potent Tornado offense scoreless in the second half to take home the
gold medal for the District II Championship.
"They played with so much heart; what a fantastic game," said
Evan Acey's mom. At the end of the game Evan's dad passed out the
sparkling cider. Two weeks from now the Moo Chili Llamas will play in the
American Cup State Championship Tournament in Everett.